Francis Yeoh is presently Professorial Fellow at the NUS School of Computing, teaching entrepreneurship and mentoring startup companies. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been involved in various aspects of research and technology management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He had been a research scientist, research institute director, tech company CEO, investor, professor and government policy maker.
He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, from Loughborough University (UK) and a Masters degree from the MIT Sloan Fellows programme for innovation and global leadership.
Assoc Prof Lee Cheng has been a member of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) since 1997. He has held many appointments within SAMH and is currently the Vice President since 2016. He is also a board member of the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) since 2014 for which he serves in the Services Committee and Advocacy and Research Committee to help to enhance service delivery and advocacy in the area of mental health. He was also the President of Silver Ribbon Singapore from 2011 to 2017.
Assoc Prof Lee is the Vice Chairman Medical Board (Clinical) at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) since March 2012. He was also appointed the Programme Director for the National Addictions Management Service in IMH in May 2017.
He has been the President of the Singapore Psychiatric Association since 2013. He is also a member of the Singapore Medical Council’s Complaints Panel since 1 December 2012 as well as a member of the Specialist Advisory Board to the Singapore Armed Forces in Psychiatry since 1 January 2014. He has received many awards over the years including the Healthcare Humanity Award in 2008, the Public Service Star Service Award in 2010, the National Healthcare Group Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014 as well as the Friends of MSF (Ministry of Social and Family Development) Award in 2017.
He will receive his appointment as a Justice of the Peace for a term of 5 years with effect from 24 April 2018.
Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore
Head of Project Evaluation & Communications, Global South Initiative, OM International
Ms Saw Seang Pin is a lawyer. Most of her legal career was spent in investment banking, most notably ten years with Deutsche Bank as senior legal counsel for DB’s Asia-Pacific derivatives and structured products business.
After 15 years in law, Seang Pin changed direction and joined the non-profit sector. She spent ten years in the Singapore international headquarters of OMF International, a faith-based NGO operating in Asia-Pacific, in a variety of roles including leadership development, corporate structuring, and recruitment. She is now with another NGO (Operational Mobilization) where she is working on a project to enhance the financial sustainability of Global South workers.
Head Clinical Trials, Dept. of Haematology – Oncology, National University Health System
Ms Joanne Chio currently heads the Haematology- Oncology Research Group ( HORG), which is the research arm of NCIS , National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, NUH. She led a team responsible for conducting Phase I to III clinical trials in cancer. HORG has conducted a number of first-in-man and first-inclass early drug studies. Through continuous research, her team has demonstrated that different individuals respond differently to the same drug. This has formed the basis of personalized cancer treatment.
Joanne also oversees the Cancer Therapeutics Research Group (CTRG), which is a joint research group that comprises of Directors from top oncology hospitals in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, and Korea. Their objective is to develop new therapeutic strategies for cancers common to Asia- Pacific. CTRG has a long-standing partnership with the U.S National Cancer Institute (NCI) and U.S. Mayo Phase II Consortium (P2C). Collaborating with NCI and Mayo P2C, CTRG performs clinical trials on new anti-cancer drugs in tumor types endemic to Asia.
Being a member of the Human Research Protection ( HRP) workgroup , she oversees the research activities of NUH. This committee works to ensure the safety, well-being and the rights of the patients are not compromised in research.
She is also an advisory board member of the Food & Life Sciences Advisory Committee of Nanyang Polytechnic, School of Chemical and Life Sciences.
Currently the Honorary Treasurer of Singapore Association for Mental Health (2017-18), she had held several other positions and has been a board member since 2007.
My interest in psychiatry stemmed from interest in the study of emotions and behaviour. Fully aware that psychiatry is a highly stigmatized profession, I nevertheless chose to embark upon this specialty to help alleviate the suffering of those marginalized by their illness and treatment. It was a difficult decision as I had to leave behind my interest in Internal Medicine. I also had to forsake 3 overseas music scholarships to take up undergraduate training in the faculty of Medicine. I trained in Psychiatry at St George’s Hospital Medical School Psychiatry training programme in London. I was President of SAMH for 12 years.
Dr Ong is a senior consultant child psychiatrist and Chief of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in IMH. He obtained his Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) in 1999 and Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy in 2001 from the National University of Singapore. Since his return from a fellowship in New York in 2005, he has been deeply engaged in outpatient services for children and adolescents with psychological problems and has conducted research work in mood disorders, schizophrenia and ADHD. In Child Guidance Clinic, he uses art and other creative-expressive therapies to help children and young teenagers who suffer from anxiety, depression and trauma. In his free time, Dr Ong enjoys appreciating art in all its forms in art galleries, museums, live performances and pop-up art events. He is a frequent speaker in public forums and media interviews on child mental health issues. His authorship also spans various relevant topics on children and adolescent mental health.
Qualified as an attorney for over 25 years, Jasmine manages legal and compliance risks and provides legal solutions as the Asia Pacific head counsel in US multinationals for SE Asia, Australia, Japan, China and other countries to achieve business objectives. She has over 15 years’ experience in APAC legal leadership and support in diverse industries such as McDonald’s Corporation, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Solectron Corporation, where annual company revenues range from US$6 billion to US$24 billion. She has managed commercial transactions in China and emerging markets since 1999 to support fast growing revenues.
Jasmine has a Bachelor of Laws from National University of Singapore; a Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California; and a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD (Paris).
Dr Joseph Leong is a trained psychiatrist with focus on Rehabilitation and Recovery. He is passionate in helping persons integrate back to their family, to work and to the community as contributing members of society. He is the incoming President for Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Singapore. He also volunteers his experience as Expert Advisor for Club HEAL, Caregiver Alliance, Hougang Care Center and St Andrew Nursing Home. He was recognised with the Distinguished Public Service Star Award in 2013.
Appointed a Non-Executive Director of HLA since 22 February 2016, Ms Kwong was last re-elected on 22 April 2016. She is also a member of the ARC and NC of HLA.
Ms Kwong is currently the Managing Director of The Global Value Investment Portfolio Management Pte Ltd, an investment management company based in Singapore. Her investment focus is on commercialization of leading edge technology beneficial to a clean environment and sustainable living.
Ms Kwong has extensive experience in fund raising, corporate finance, capital markets and debt restructuring arising from her senior management positions previously held at Laurel Capital Kingsway LLP, United Kingdom; HL Bank (which is the Singapore branch of Hong Leong Bank Berhad); Mycom Berhad (now Dutaland) and Olympia Industries Berhad Group, Malaysia; PrimeEast Capital Ltd (now BNP Paribas Hong Kong), Hong Kong; and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (Asia) Ltd (now Deutsche Bank), Singapore and Hong Kong.
Ms Kwong holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Major in Finance and Human Resources Management, and Minor in French, from the California State University, Sacramento, and a Master of Science in Finance and Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Derrick Yeo is a specialist in Psychiatry who currently works a Consultant in the Department of Forensic Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He attained his basic medical degree, his Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine and the Master of Medicine (Psychiatry) from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Under the Ministry of Health’s Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Fellowship, Dr. Yeo underwent one year of training with the renowed Institute of Psychiatry in 2016 and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry (with Distinction) from King’s College London. Grateful for all the opportunities given to him in his career, Dr. Yeo hopes to pass it forward by promoting good mental health in the community.
Lim Cheng Pier currently holds the position of Regional Director for South East Asia & Pacific at Cambridge Assessment English, University of Cambridge.
She has extensive experience at growing emerging and untapped markets. Her monetisation capabilities is demonstrated by her achievements at LEGO, National Instruments and Apple.
Her leadership acumen is driven from her diverse exposure of cultures across Asia Pacific coupled with senior management discipline in her rich career with Multi National Corporations.
Her beliefs in creating sustainable growth through cultural diversity is anchored by her active engaged driven platform proven by her constant participation as advisory committee at SAMH, Tech Whye Primary School and other non-profit organisations.
Cheng Pier enjoys reading and music. Her passion in arts forms the basis of her inspiration to drive diversity and change.
Dr Lee was the Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Institute of Management Holdings Pte Ltd from Aug 2005 to June 2019 and its Senior Advisor from July to December 2019. Prior to that, he was CEO of NCS Pte Ltd from 1996 to 2005. Dr Lee is also an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) since March 2010. He was previously an Adjunct Associate Professor at NTU Business School.
Dr Lee has served on many boards and national committees in education, manpower and IT areas. He was a Member of the Future Economy Council’s Essential Domestic Services (EDS) Sub-Committee, which steers industry transformation in healthcare, early childhood education and adult education. Currently, he is an Independent Director of Nera Telecommunications Ltd; Board Member of ILA Vietnam Ltd. Co., Worldwide Education and Training Limited, Singapore Pools (Pte) Ltd as well as the TENG Company. Dr Lee also chairs the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) R&D Tax Technical Advisory Panel.
Dr Lee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California at Berkeley. He attended the INSEAD Avira Program and Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr Lee received Singapore’s Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2010 and Public Service Star (BBM) in 2016. He was awarded a Doctor of Business honoris causa by the RMIT University in 2014; Doctor of Science honoris causa by the University of London in 2016 and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Stirling in 2018.
Dr Lee had a 27-year successful career in IT consulting and services before moving to education in 2005.